Living Together Before Marriage

As the rate of divorce soars and as increasing numbers of marriages
disintegrate, living together has become the popular alternative to many people
in north America. Expersts estimate that "roughly 2.2 million people are
currently sharing bed and board in a live-in arrangement, this is approximately
1% of the total population."("Family." Comptoms Encyclopedia. 1992 ed.)
Living together, more formally known as non marital cohabitation, is an emerging
lifestyle. In fact, "More than one fourth of all unmarried couples living
together in the early 1980's were between 25 and 34 years old, and an additional
19 percent were 45 and over."("Today's Families."Detroit Free Press 18 October
1995: ...

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is a result of the ever increasing divorce
rate. Many couples are afraid of marriage and decide to live together with the
intention to persue marriage if the temporary arrangement is successful. The
couples hope to "minimize their chances of a potential disastrous marriage; any
conflicting attitudes toward social activities, economic arrangements, or
domestic chores will be discovered and hopefully resolved while the couple live
together." (Carter, Sharon. "Trial Marriage". Ladies' Home Journal 14 (May
1993): 12-13.) If an unsolveable conflict arises, the couple can cancel their
wedding plans and escape the painful exercise of divorce. Living together
ultimately can test the couple's compatibility and have them really get to know
each other. Although evidence suggests that "couples who live together do not
necessarily have more or less successful marriages than couples who don't live
together before the wedding, studies show that non-marital cohabitors are more
realistic ...

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